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    DescriptionIn this ground-breaking book, Professor Norman Cohn traces popular beliefs about witches to their origins. He examines the fantasies that inspired the great European witch-hunt of the 16th and 17th centuries when thousands of innocent people were tortured and burned alive. It is a fascinating history of the need to imagine antihuman conspiracies and an investigation of how those fantasies made the great European witch-hunt possible. In addition, Professor Cohn's discovery that some influential sources on witch trials were forgeries has revolutionized the field of witchcraft studies, making this one of the most essential books ever written on the subject.


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    Mark Thwaite Medieval Christianity fascinates us. And it may do us all more than passing good to work out exactly why this violent, conspiratorial and internecine period of history still encourages such passionate interest today. How as it that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code became such a massive, worldwide bestseller? I mean, its not like we've not had badly written books about the Catholic church before! Norman Cohn's well-written and well-balanced Europe's Inner Demons is for the more serious reader. It details how the great witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th centuries erupted, and investigates how it was that thousands of innocent people, both men and women, were tortured and burned alive. What were the great fears that led to the butchering of ordinary, upstanding and often very devote, Christians? Cohn is an expert in his field -- his The Pursuit of the Millennium is an indispensible and utterly compelling guide to the millenarian and mystical sects of the Middle Ages -- and this is a fine work of history from which we'd all do well do draw the requisite lessons. by Mark Thwaite

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